London Covid: New map shows areas of capital most likely to enter level 3 when lockdown ends


More Londoners tested positive for the coronavirus last week than any other week this year, new data shows. Figures released by Public Health England show 17,722 people living in the capital tested positive for Covid-19 in the seven days leading up to November 15.

Worryingly, infection rates in each borough have increased compared to the previous week.

Data shows Havering has the highest number of cases per 100,000 population (381.4), with the district reporting 990 positive tests last week.

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Bexley (282.3), Redbridge (281.1) and Tower Hamlets (266.4) also have high infection rates and have reported high numbers of residents testing positive.

Richmond upon Thames has the capital’s lowest infection rate (122.7), with 243 cases recorded in the seven days to November 15.

With cases continuing to rise, it is currently unclear what will happen in London when lockdown restrictions are relaxed on December 2.

Take a look at the map below to see the most infected areas of our city. Hold your cursor over the rounding for more detailed information.

The capital was in the government tier 2 category for coronavirus restrictions before the start of the second nationwide lockdown, with households not allowed to mix inside.

The official government line is that when the lockdown is over, we will “go back to a regional approach”, based on the “latest data”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, at a press conference in Downing Street on November 5, said: “These rules will expire and on December 2 we plan to return to a tiered approach”.

The government will then seek to ease restrictions on a local and regional basis using the latest data and trends, as the PM wishes to revert to the three tier system, or something close.

At the moment, it is not confirmed what level English towns will enter after the nationwide lockdown, or whether they will even return to the levels they were in before the policy change.

It is highly likely that a decision will be made closer to December 2.

The number of people testing positive for the coronavirus in London has increased rapidly in the past two months.

In the seven days leading up to September 20, there were only 2,080 positive tests in the capital.

There were 3,182 positive tests in the seven days leading up to September 27, and the following week the number of cases rose to 6,272.

The number of Londoners testing positive for Covid-19 continues to rise

A total of 9,916 people in the capital tested positive for Covid-19 in the seven days leading up to October 17, compared to 8,700 positive tests in the seven days through October 11.

13,801 Londoners tested positive for the virus in the seven days to October 25, while the number fell to 13,312 in the seven days to November 2.

Data shows that 14,761 people in the city contracted Covid-19 in the seven days leading up to November 8, rising to 17,722 in the seven days leading up to November 15.

Case per 100,000 inhabitants in each London borough

* Data for seven days until November 15

Barking and Dagenham – 263.5 (+561 cases)

The child – 183.6 (+727 cases)

Bexley – 282,3 (+701 cas)

Brent – 212,9 (+702 cas)

Bromley – 160.4 (+533 cas)

Camden – 137,0 (+370 cas)

Croydon – 162,7 (+629 cas)

Ealing – 256,3 (+876 cas)

Enfield – 222,9 (+744 cas)

Greenwich – 185,5 (+534 cas)

Hackney et City of London – 174,0 (+506 cas)

Hammersmith and Fulham – 212,8 (+394 cas)

Haringey – 148,1 (+398 cas)

Harrow – 187.9 (+472 cases)

Havering – 381,4 (+990 cas)

Hillingdon – 238,9 (+733 cas)

Hounslow – 188,6 (+512 cas)

Islington – 166,2 (+403 cas)

Kensington and Chelsea – 146.0 (+228 cases)

Kingston upon Thames – 192,7 (+342 cas)

Lambeth – 154,0 (+502 cas)

Lewisham – 131,4 (+402 cas)

Merton – 174,3 (+360 cas)

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Newham – 209,6 (+740 cas)

Redbridge – 281,1 (+858 cas)

Richmond upon Thames – 122,7 (+243 cas)

Southwark – 124.5 (+397 cases)

Sutton – 182.2 (+376 cases)

Tower Hamlets – 266,4 (+865 cas)

Waltham Forest – 224,6 (+622 cas)

Wandsworth – 179,9 (+593 cas)

Westminster – 156,5 (+409 cas)

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